Portsmouth gains state LL final
HOOKSETT — Timely hitting and solid pitching earned Portsmouth a 6-1 victory over Laconia in the District II Little League final at Donati Field Sunday.
Portsmouth jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a two-run homer by Will Fahey in the top of the second. It turned out to be all the runs Portsmouth would need.
That’s because pitcher Calvin Hewitt kept Laconia at bay all game, giving up just one run on three hits and one walk. He struck out 10.
“To have Calvin start the game today and pitch five full innings for us was fantastic considering he just came off the disabled list for Friday’s game,” said Portsmouth coach Kyle Griffin.
“He’s made a world of difference for us from the first pitch to his last,” said Griffin. “When you have a pitcher with that much presence on the mound, you can’t go wrong with that.”
Hewitt got out of a jam in the bottom of the second with the bases loaded. He gave up the Laconia run on a base hit by Levi McAllister, but struck out Ryan Dee to end the inning.
A pair of Laconia errors led to two runs in the top of the fourth and Oscar Lalime scored Jack Russo and Tim Kutzler with a double in the fifth to give Portsmouth a 6-1 lead.
Russo had a pair of doubles and Lalime had a base hit, a double and two RBIs for Portsmouth.
Portsmouth will face Goffstown in the best-of-three state Little League final at Donati Field in Hooksett starting next Saturday.
Goffstown has yet to lose a game in tournament play and has scored 62 runs in five games. “As strong as our pitching may be, Goffstown is going to hit the ball, “ said Griffin. “So if we’re making outs and not errors, we’ll hang in with them.”